This Bears vs. Giants game was supposed to be an intriguing match-up for Sunday. Instead though, the match-up has become an afterthought as the Sunday night game on NBC. The main reason for that, is how badly the New York Giants have struggled in the 2010 NFL season so far. The Giants have lost two of their first three games, and they just aren’t looking good at all on offense. Giants quarterback Eli Manning does have 810 passing yards through the first three games, but he also has six interceptions to go along with those stats. He has to get things under control on Sunday.
In addition to his six interceptions (at least one in each game), Manning has also fumbled the ball three times, losing two of them to the Indianapolis Colts in week 2. Eight turnovers from the quarterback through three games is not a recipe to win in the NFL, and the Giants have to keep Manning under control. After that week 1 victory over the Carolina Panthers, the hopes of the fan base had gone up, but they weren’t even close against the Colts in Week 2 or the Tennessee Titans in week 3. Now the Giants are almost facing a must-win situation against the Bears on Sunday.
These aren’t the same Chicago Bears from last year, as this team is playing well on all fronts, especially in the return game. Devan Hester is returning kicks like he used to, and with Jay Cutler finally proving that he deserves that huge contract and the starting quarterback job, the Bears have a lot to be excited about when it comes to postseason prospects. That coupled with a defense that is also playing well, and the Chicago Bears find themselves at 3-0 coming into their fourth game of the season. We placed the Bears at the top of our recent power rankings, and now they have their first chance to prove that is where they belong.
If the Bears can win again on Sunday night football, they can push themselves to 4-0, and keep the lead in the NFC North for at least another week. This was advertised as one of the toughest divisions in the NFL coming into the 2010 season, with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings both expected to do well. The Detroit Lions were also supposed to be an improved team, but Detroit has fallen on even more hard times with the injury to Matthew Stafford. With a slow start for the Vikings, suddenly the Bears could become the talk of the town if they can win on national television again on Sunday night.